The Orthodox Children’s Workshop – Let’s Make: Vasilopita

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

2 eggs

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp grated orange rind

powder sugar to top

Recipe:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line the bottom of round 9 inch cake pan with wax paper and butter

Separate the eggs. In a large mixing bowl beat the egg yolks, butter, sugar, vanilla and orange rind together at medium speed until creamy. Add milk.  Stir baking soda into orange juice and slowly add that to the large mixing bowl. (At this point don’t worry if it separates, it’ll still come out) Then add the flour and baking powder into the bowl lowering your mixer speed to avoid a huge mess, then allow to combine at medium speed.

In a medium bowl whisk the egg white to form “stiff peaks”.  Mix in 1/2 the egg whites until combined, then gently fold in the second 1/2 eggs white to lighten up the batter a bit.

Pour your folded batter in your prepared pan. Take a thoroughly washed coin, wrap it in foil and slip it into the batter (2″ away from edge works well).  Bake in the oven for 30min.

After it is finished baking let it cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 15 min and then  remove from pan and allow to cool completely. After it is cooled dust with powdered sugar.

Enjoy (and be careful not to bite into the coin!)

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Marching on!

This post has been on my mind for a while…

I wanted to take a moment to apologize for essentially or partially taking a step back from this blog, journey, and what I humbly feel God has allowed me to do.  We all grieve things differently, react to change in our own way, have struggles, distractions, and have large mountains to climb; my journey is no different.  I have been working on the second book and other things for some time (years?) and the pictures are almost done, but I could really use a prayer if you have moment!  I also want to thank YOU for sticking with me through this, and hope you and your little ones love what’s in the works.  That being said, “with what we have, I promise you that, we’re marching on.” Glory to God for all things!

 

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Church School :)

Day 4

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We began by talking about and then drawing something we remember from Liturgy… which happened to be Fr. Thomas. We then took a “field trip” to the Church to play a version of “I spy”. I took pictures of the things they spied and will print them out for our classroom Orthodox “word wall”.

Day 5

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We started (and introduced) our monthly journals. Today’s journal prompt: “Draw something you remember from Divine Liturgy”. The purpose is to hopefully help them verbalized what they are personally seeing or experiencing. It also helps to transition before we begin our lesson or during snack.

Day 6

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We talked about prayer and made a list as a class describing/defining prayer. Next we drew ourselves in the center of the our own paper gluing on hearts for the people and things we pray for.

Day 7

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Seventh day of Church School (really 8th, but I was sick last week)!!! We had a great conversation about why we light candles and how they represent a prayer, but can also remind us that Christ is the light. We talked about how God is always with us and that He is our light. We made lanterns with the icon of Christ to represent this, and added sequins to show the light of the candles we light at Church.

Day 9

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We had a great conversation about icons: where we see them, why we have them, why we venerate them, and what we notice about them (size, material, symbols, etc). To illustrate this tangibly, I brought icons from home of different shapes, sizes, detail, and materials. I also showed them the one Fr. Thomas made when he was younger. We then each made an icon to take home.

Day 10

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We talked about today’s feast day, our guardian angel, and the guardian angel icon. Then we drew ourselves holding the angel’s hand (I made copies without the little girl), colored it in and the glued it onto construction paper.

Day 11

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We talked about story of The Good Samaritan, the greatest commandment, and who is our neighbor. They wrote their names on hearts for the amount of people in the class, the passed them out, one by one, to one another. We glued the verse, God written on a heart (because we love God with all our heart) and the hearts (to symbolize our love for our neighbor) onto card stock.

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The first three weeks of Church School :)

Our PreK-1st Adventures in Church School so far:

Day 1

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We made self-portraits and talked about how God made each one of us special.  (We’ve added a few since then)

Day 2

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We read the awesome book What Do You See at Liturgy? by Kristina Kallas-Tartara. Afterwards we colored in the Church and drew ourselves, our families, and the things we see.

Day 3

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We read Every Time I Do My Cross as well as talked about and practiced making the sign of the cross.

 

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